As the most beloved living film critic, people often ask me if they should see a movie, and for me, the answer is always yes because I like to have people to talk about movies with, and don’t really care if you waste two hours of your life on Black Swan or whatever. Still, in the interest of being somewhat helpful, here’s pretty much every movie I saw in 2013 as well as a description of what kind of person should watch these movies.
You should see this movie if you…
The Vanishing (1988)
…like the idea of you and a loved one being buried alive.
…think poverty is a problem only if it happens to attractive French people.
Kid with a Bike (2011)
…think poverty is a problem only if it happens to attractive French kids.
La Haine (1995)
…think poverty is a problem only if it happens to attractive French kids in black and white.
…find it plausible that a big party could continue as if nothing happened after the host is accused of child molestation.
District 9 (2009)
…believe that comparing black Africans under apartheid to hideous bugs is helpful somehow.
Upstream Color (2013)
…think not enough movies center on piglet murder.
A History of Violence (2005)
…like your murders arbitrary and awesome.
A Prophet (2009)
…want to spend three hours being REALLY EXCITED about a guy slowly infiltrating the Corsican prison gang while growing a mustache.
Cries and Whispers (1972)
…wonder if being surrounded by bright red walls all the time keeps you from being awful and miserable (it doesn’t).
The Seventh Seal (1957)
…want to see chess with death!
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
…like Italy, but hate the persistent image of it as “fun.”
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